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Office of Research Training and Special Programs (ORTSP)

Key Functions

  • Provides the Director, Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), and senior staff within the NIAID scientific divisions with advice, program management, and guidance on matters pertaining to research training, which includes the participation of underrepresented minorities in research and training programs
  • Serves as the focal point for establishing NIAID-wide goals for research training grants and fellowships intended for the development of new generations of scientists to conduct research in areas of interest to NIAID
  • Administers NIAID diversity supplements.
  • Manages the following programs:
    • Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance
    • Reentry Supplements.
    • NIAID Loan Repayment Program.
  • Implements small business research programs and funding opportunities in conjunction with the DEA director, scientific program officers, and senior NIH and NIAID staff
  • Leads NIAID small business outreach efforts and initiative development.
  • Issues Certificates of Confidentiality to protect the privacy of participants in research studies
  • Participates in international extramural activities pertaining to
    • Review of and assistance with NIAID international programs.
    • Implementation of risk mitigation programs that train foreign health science administrators and scientists how to properly oversee and manage NIAID research awards
  • Manages foreign organization financial system reviews, which helps foreign officials and researchers in low and middle income countries understand and build their capacity to manage NIH research funds
  • Develops best practices for complying with NIH funding policies with leaders at foreign institutions
  • Represents DEA on NIAID workgroups and committees, as well as trans-NIH advisory groups and committees responsible for reviewing or improving research training (domestic and foreign); science education; inclusion of diverse populations in research training and development; matters of health disparity; international partnerships and programs; small business research funding; select agents and toxins; and program leadership

Learn more about the rest of DEA at About DEA and see a list of Division of Extramural Activities Contacts.

Last Updated June 04, 2015